‘When done right, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, better in the cinema.’ That’s Tom Hiddleston talking about romantic movies. And he has a point, doesn’t he? The best romantic films have given cinema some of its most unforgettable films and heartstopping moments.
We’ve brought together 101 experts to choose the 100 best romantic movies ever made. These are people who know romance: ‘The Notebook’ writer Nicholas Sparks, ‘Notting Hill’ director Richard Curtis and not forgetting a diva who has devoted a lifetime to seducing a shy frog, Miss Piggy.
There is something here for all lovers. Smash-hit chick flicks. Romcom faves. Forbidden love. Epic tales of lovers washed away by the tide of history. 1980s teen classics that you still see through 15-year-old eyes. Heartbreaking films that we defy you to watch without sobbing.
You can also explore our experts’ personal top-ten romantic movies. You might have guessed that Richard Curtis would vote for ‘Annie Hall’. But ‘This Is Spinal Tap’? And you’ve got to love Tom Hiddleston for admitting to having a soft spot for ‘Dirty Dancing’.
Please tell us what you think of our list of the most romantic movies ever. Do we need our heads examined for leaving off ‘Runaway Bride’? Speak to us on Facebook or on Twitter using #romanticfilms, or leave a comment below.
By Catherine Bray, Dave Calhoun, Cath Clarke, Tom Huddleston, Trevor Johnston and Guy Lodge